May
14
Thu
Topanga Banjo Gimme Shelter (in place): Virtual Performance Contest @ Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival Tickets
May 14 – Jun 1 all-day
Topanga Banjo Gimme Shelter (in place): Virtual Performance Contest @ Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival

In the spirit of folk music, and its rich history of perseverance, the TBFC Board has
decided to commemorate our 60th Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest with our 1st Virtual
Contest: Gimme Shelter (in place).
Contest performance videos must be recorded during this Covid-19 quarantine, and
uploaded to YouTube. We urge the contestants to be creative and reflect the times,
while still following social distancing guidelines.
Contest applications and rules can be found on our website:
www.topangabanjofiddle.org.
There will be cash prizes, and it’s absolutely free to enter.

May
28
Thu
SAMO At Home: Junior Ranger Book Live Series – Ceremony Time! @ Facebook Live Tickets
May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
SAMO At Home: Junior Ranger Book Live Series - Ceremony Time! @ Facebook Live

Today is the day! You have followed along with us throughout this 8-week event and today it pays off with graduation!

On May 28th, 3:00 p.m. on our Facebook Page tune in to take part in the ceremony where you will be sworn in as Jr. Rangers to earn your official Jr. Ranger badge and certificate!

You can download a copy from the link below, then tune in to follow along! Videos will be available after the live stream but be sure to watch live to ask questions to our rangers!

Download your copy here: https://www.wnpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SAMO_JRR_2017-for-website-FINAL.pdf

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/santamonicamtns/

May
30
Sat
CANCELED “Welcome Walk” CANCELED @ Malbu Creek State Park Tickets
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
CANCELED "Welcome Walk" CANCELED @ Malbu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a leisure walk under the oaks and along the creek in Malibu Creek State Park. We’ll talk about the the park’s history, plants and animals, and see how nature is recovering after the Woolsey Fire. The walk is approximately 2 1/2 hours and families are welcome. Meet at 10am in the park’s Main Trailhead parking lot (second lower lot) by the restrooms. Bring water, hat, camera and your wonderful smiles! For more information, contact docent Dean Arnold at dean.arnold333@gmail.com

SAMO at Home: Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams, PhD (Virtual) @ Facebook Live Tickets
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
SAMO at Home: Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams, PhD (Virtual) @ Facebook Live

Professor Jim Adams, PhD, of the USC School of Pharmacy, leads a plant walk on the medicinal uses of California native plants.  Adams is trained in Chumash healing and will discuss traditional recipes for making healing medicines.

This event is brought to you by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit education partner of the National Park Service. In business since 1938, WNPA financially supports education, interpretation, research, and community involvement at more than 70 parks across the West.

Purchases at park stores like the one here at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area support programs like “Medicinal Plant Walk with Jim Adams” The products and services WNPA provides support and compliment the interpretive and educational programs of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. For more information about this event and how WNPA supports the park, visit www.wnpa.org.

Jun
6
Sat
Canceled- Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Jun 6 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Canceled- Birds of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center | Calabasas | California | United States

This event has been canceled.

CANCELED – Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow – CANCELED @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
CANCELED - Volunteer Opportunity at Yerba Mansa Meadow - CANCELED @ Rancho Sierra Vista
The Yerba Mansa Meadow restoration project seeks to restore/enhance approximately 10.8 acres of wetland, riparian and upland habitat through invasive species removal and revegetation with native plants. This meadow is a good example of an ephemeral wetland that has yerba mansa as a dominant species, and this is somewhat uncommon.
 
This project aims to restore native habitat, and to improve habitat for bird roosting and nesting by introducing native plants that provide a variety of food sources. We will also improve the natural appearance of the wetlands.
 
Native species for this project include species known to occur in and around wetland areas (yerba mansa, mugwort, spreading rush, mule fat, golden current, deer grass, giant wild rye) and common coastal sage scrub species (purple sage, California buckwheat , California sagebrush, elderberry).

Please RSVP through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-opportunity-at-yerba-mansa-meadow-tickets-86287019799 

Wear hiking attire, bring water/resuable water bottle, sunscreen, and a sun hat.
 
This event occurs on the first Saturday of the every month!
For more information, contact:
Lei DeVera at National Park Service tel. 805-370-2300 x 3325
Directions:
 
Main entrance cross street is Via Goleta and Lynn Road, Newbury Park, CA, 91320
GPS Coordinates for Entrance (Via Goleta & Lynn Road): N 34.1569 W -118.9733
Main Entrance: Ventura Fwy (101) to Lynn Rd exit. South on Lynn Rd 5.25 miles to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on the left.
 
It is best to park in the equestrian or overflow parking lot and walk to the restoration. The distance to the restoration site is less than a quarter of a mile.
Jun
7
Sun
CANCELED – Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve Tickets
Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
CANCELED - Sunday Bird Walk @ Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve | Los Angeles | California | United States

Our Sunday walks are easy, informative, and fun. No birdwatching expertise is required. Binoculars are (almost) a must — loaners are available if you contact the walk leader in advance. The Reserve contains a lake that is home to spectacular water birds and the Reserve hosts migrating birds as well as local residents.

More information, pictures, directions, accurate map, contacts at www.sfvaudubon.org/events.

Jun
21
Sun
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Jun 21 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
San Fernando Valley Audubon Bird Walk @ Malibu Creek State Park | Calabasas | California | United States

Considered the recreational crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park has over 8,000 acres of rolling tall grass plains, oak savannahs and dramatic peaks. It’s no wonder many call it “The Yosemite of Southern California.” Seasoned birders and beginners alike will enjoy good bird watching and a beautiful, easy hike.

Meet at the second (lower) day-use parking lot. Entrance to the park is on the west side of Las Virgenes Rd., just south of Mulholland Hwy. Entrance fee is $12 per car.

Jun
27
Sat
CANCELED Story Time and Nature Walk @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center inside Franklin Canyon Tickets
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
CANCELED Story Time and Nature Walk @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center inside Franklin Canyon

Join our School Trip Coordinator for a Story Time and Nature Walk! These programs focus on a nature themed story accompanied by a guided walk to highlight the story. The program lasts for two hours. Please park in the large dirt parking lot near the large William O Douglas Outdoor Classroom sign. After parking, take the trail uphill to the Sooky Goldman Nature Center-story time meet-up point in our Children’s Play Area. Bathrooms and water fountains are available outside the nature center. Program starts on time.

Jun
28
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Jun 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.